The Hidden Almanac for
Friday February 10th, 2017
Episode 529
Previous episode: 2017-02-08
Next episode: 2017-02-13

Summary Edit

Today we remember a King and a Miracle. It is the Feast Day of St. Olfa, and in the garden, there are frog eggs. Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.

Transcription Edit

Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is February 10th, 2017. 

It is the Feast Day of Saint Olfa, patron of measurements. It is said that during a famine, St. Olfa went to the king and asked that he give her food for the hungry children of her parish. The king, insulted by the suggestion that he was not caring for his subjects, offered her all the grain that she could carry away, and then ordered his ministers to pour the grain out until she was crushed beneath the weight. A miracle was granted to St. Olfa, however, and no matter how much was poured into the sack upon her back, she bore the weight without complaint. When an entire granary had been emptied, the king admitted defeat and St. Olfa was sent back to her parish. Once home, she reversed the sack and an entire granary worth poured out into the storehouses of her convent. They fed the hungry for the length of the famine. Upon her death, St. Olfa was canonized by the Lobster Pope. She is portrayed as a short woman carrying an immense sack upon her pack, holding a sheaf of wheat in her left hand.

In the garden, the water of the ponds is very clear. Algae has not yet rendered the water opaque and so it is possible to see fist-sized balls of frog eggs that have been laid on submerged stems. The frogs lay eggs in far greater quantity than can possibly be supported within the relatively small ponds of the garden. Several of the interns are quite concerned by this, and have been seen lecturing to the frogs about responsible population control, but it has had no significant effect. Nevertheless, one must admire their dedication. Many frogs will overwinter as tadpoles, feeding on algae and sleeping in the leaf litter. Some frog species take several years before they metamorphosize into full adults. The record for this is believed to be the Monsoon Frogs of the Glass Wastes, which stays a tadpole for up to a decade, living submerged in mud, until rain finally falls on the Wastes. They are interesting frogs, but they would be very out of place in the Hidden Almanac Test Garden, being both venomous and flatulent.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Resistance Company, purveyors of fine and revolutionary teas. Red Wombat --- “Fight the Power.”

Also brought to you by the Sacred Order of Bull Moose Men. Has anybody seen Young William’s retainer? He took it out during the feast following the Fun Run and his mother is extremely cross.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for February 10th, 2017. Be safe and remember, you are not alone.===Outro=== Out of character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon and produced by Kevin Sonney. The voice of Reverend Mord is Kevin Sonney. And the voice of Pastor Drom is Ursula Vernon. Our intro music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2017, Ursula Vernon. Woo!

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